Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Heavy chocolate, butterscotch, and caramel aroma. Mocha head forms, but quickly fades away. Taste is coffee, smoke bacon. Pretty interesting brew, almost like a poor mans Stone Smoked Porter, thinner body, less chocolate, less hops, but still nice.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark black with small brownish head. Not much nose, some sweet malt aroma (very faint). Initial sweet malt taste that fades quickly to a watery aftertaste. Not that bad, but not much character.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
It may have just been me, but if this had any aroma, it was metalic. The pour was dark brown, but it appeard black in the glass. it was surprisingly thin and didn’t have a ton of taste. I see why this is only rated 2.7. It was a good stocking gift though.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ HBK Black Beer Festival, Nynäshamn Backlog 26 Nov 2004
Malty aroma, slightly appley and full of cereals.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2005
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Got this bottle for a Christmas present. Malty aroma at first. Liked the appearance when poured, the head was creamy and reminded me of a head on chocolate milk. Black body. Have’nt got quit use to drinking black beers yet but this one went down good with no aftertaste or just sitting there in the bottom of my gut.
notalush (4584) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
cask - not very good at all - wet and bitter coupled with a slight vinous character - almost tastes like chewing on used coffee grounds - a bit of malt in the middle tries to creep its way through with some chocolate flavors, but gets beaten down by the bitterness.
JMerritt (1734) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Very dark ruby red, bordering on black. Head is large, very light brown, and partially diminishing. Thick, gooey layers of lacing cling to the glass, and already look like a bitch to rinse off. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee grounds, wet grains, and perhaps the slightest hint of smoke in the aroma, though it is rather bland and difficult to pick up. Some lightly sweet malt, wheat, rye, and chocolate somehow found their way into the rather bland flavor. Soft, velvety mouthfeel with low carbonation is a tad watery.. Lightly bitter aftertaste is slightly grainy, but is very short lived.
arsenal (10) - Orange, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
usually, i’m suspicious of products that jokingly refer to hindquarters (like too many hot sauces)... but i wasn’t going to let that keep me from a porter when i needed one. the payoff: nearly opaque, even when held to a light (except for a hint of red around the thin head). nice, almost fruity aftertaste (kinda raspberry), syrupy mouthfeel à la imperial stout, pleasant kick. nice seasonal change from Yeungling’s fine everyday porter.
larsniclas (5306) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not much aroma, nor flavour. Some maltiness to find there.
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The name of the beer was very amusing at our little gathering--the butt of many jokes (oh, the puns are painful). Very weak porter, dark with a soft white head, body 90% opaque. Hiints of grape and smoke, but not as much malt as you would expect. Smooth palate, almost like a handpull. Pretty mediocre. (2004 Christmas Party, my #12, group’s #13)